Raymond Hitchcock

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b. 22 October 1865, Auburn, New York, USA, d. 24 November 1929, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. At first an actor, Hitchcock later turned also to production. Among Broadway musicals in which…
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b. 22 October 1865, Auburn, New York, USA, d. 24 November 1929, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. At first an actor, Hitchcock later turned also to production. Among Broadway musicals in which he appeared are The Beggar Student (1898), Three Little Lambs (1899), The Burgomaster (1900), Vienna Life (1901), King Dodo (1902), The Yankee Consul (1905), The Yankee Tourist (1907), and The Mascot (1909). Also in 1909 he appeared in George M. Cohan’s production of The Man Who Owns Broadway, in which he sang the Cohan-composed title song as well as ‘On A Hundred Different Ships’ and ‘Why They Made Him King’. Other Broadway musicals included The Red Widow (1911), The Beauty Shop (1914) and Betty (1916), music by Paul Rubens, lyrics by Adrian Ross and Rubens, and book by Frederick Lonsdale and Gladys Unger. In 1917, Hitchcock appeared in and co-produced, with E. Ray Goetz, Hitchy-Koo, a popular revue with music by Goetz, who also collaborated on book and lyrics with Harry Grattan and Glen MacDonough. Another co-production with Goetz was Words And Music (1917), which was directed by Leon Errol. In 1918 was Follow The Girl and a new edition of Hitchy-Koo, which this time had music by Raymond Hubbell and book by Hubbell and MacDonough. The 1919 edition of Hitchy-Koo, in which Hitchcock appeared and which he produced, had music and lyrics by Cole Porter, although the show’s songs remained among the composer’s lesser-known works: ‘When Black Sallie Sings Pagliacci’, ‘When I Had A Uniform On’, ‘I’ve Got Somebody Waiting’, ‘Song Of The Sun’, ‘I’m An Anaesthetic Dancer’, ‘My Cosy Little Corner In The Ritz’. For the 1920 edition of Hitchy-Koo, staged at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the music was by Jerome Kern with book and lyrics by MacDonough and Anne Caldwell.

Hitchcock was a leading player in 1921’s Ziegfeld Follies, which starred Fanny Brice and also featured W.C. Fields. He also appeared in the revues Pinwheel (1922) and Hassard Short’s Ritz Revue (1924), as well as two plays, The Sap (1924) and The Beaux Stratagem (1928). Hitchcock appeared in a few films, almost all of them silents.